HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Pine Belt Baptist Association, with the help of Recover, Rebuild, Restore Southeast Mississippi (R3SM), came together to bring in volunteers to work on one of the biggest home rebuilds since the 2017 tornado.
"And we're so grateful to see people coming in and constructing houses for those that are in need," said Pastor Joseph Scott with East Jerusalem Baptist Church.
James Eaton said his home was destroyed in the 2017 tornado. Since then, he's been living in and out of his car.
With help from R3SM and the Pine Belt Baptist Association, he could be in his new home as soon as next week.
"The group that's coming in, they're only staying a week," said Will Wall, Associational Missions Strategist for the Pine Belt Baptist Association. "We know that we have a homeowner that needs to a house."
About 90 volunteers from Prairie Grove Christian Church and other churches in Northwest Arkansas came to the Pine Belt on a Spring Break mission trip.
"I had a person that called and said that there was a team from Arkansas that's looking for a project." Wall said. "We connected them with R3SM and we were able to put some local contractors in their pathway as well."
The group has adopted 2 homes on Putnam Road to rebuild by the end of this week.
"There's about 10 or 12 people who knows about construction enough to show us the way but other than that the rest of the 90 are just here to volunteer and do whatever we can," said volunteer Glory Parrish.
The group said they've been doing home rebuild projects for 14 years rebuilding 30 homes so far.
For ways to get involved or donate to these building projects, you can contact the Pine Belt Baptist Association at firstname.lastname@example.org